Shannon Mc Mackin's first job was at the visionary Burnett Miller Gallery in Los Angeles. There she worked with the likes of Charles Ray, Wolfgang Laib, Antony Gormley and Ulay & Marina Abramovic. Her "Gallery Girl" career in LA continued with Kim Light, Jeffery Poe of Blum and Poe and an engagement with ACME.
She attended Mills College and continued her education at UCLA but was later brought to USC to study with the great California historian Kevin Starr and writer Mike Davis. With a Masters Degree from the School of Urban Planning in hand, she contributed a piece to "The Grit Beneath the Glitter" edited by Mike Davis & University of Nevada, Las Vegas professor, Hal Rothman.
For the next eight years, she pursued her interest in the decorative arts partnered with designer William Emmerson. Between producing fine furniture lines, procuring Prouve and curating shows, she suffered a sudden attack of ennui while decorating movie star homes and briefly considered moving to a farm in Mexico to grow organic blackberries.
Instead, a native of Las Vegas, Shannon Mc Mackin has returned home to aid with the family business'- a vacant mini-mall, an aging trailer park and an abandon casino embroiled in legal battles with monopolistic Stations Casinos. At the commercial center she spotted a former kickboxing studio infused with light and envisioned a gallery.
While applying for a business license, she noticed a building improvement grant available in this Redevelopment Zone. Suffering from high vacancy rates and in need of a face-lift, she recognized while the grant afforded funds, true revitalization didn't come with a coat of paint alone but with the community building she would pursue through the gallery.